THIS influencer has been leading a “waste-free” lifestyle for a decade and claims she can put a year’s worth of trash in a mason jar – here’s how she does it.
Lauren Singer began living her zero waste lifestyle in 2012 with the goal of aligning her values and caring for the planet with her actions.
“I thought the attention was enough, but it turns out my lifestyle was creating harm and contributing to the systems I was actively talking about and fighting against,” she told Insider.
She immediately launched her blog Trash for Tossers, where she details her transition to zero waste living.
Years later, she founded her boutique, Package Free, where she sells sustainable products with minimal packaging that can be reused, refilled, composted or recycled.
She went viral after posting a video on YouTube revealing she could fit four years of her trash in a single 16-ounce jar.
The singer starts her day with a self-made, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush and homemade toothpaste made with coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils.
As part of her morning routine, Singer dumps her compost at a local composting site before working out at an eco-friendly studio to do her pilates.
For food, Singer shops at a farmer’s market or her local grocery store, which she does frequently to make sure she always has fresh produce.
Singer mainly buys fruits and vegetables, however, chicken is the only animal product she buys for her dog, Rose.
When shopping, Singer prefers to shop at thrift stores and does her laundry with homemade laundry detergent.
Singer said her daily routine isn’t all that different from anyone else’s except that she makes conscious choices about what she buys and prioritizes recycling and composting.
She says anyone can do the same by considering where their waste comes from and making choices to reduce it.
“The average American produces four and a half pounds of waste a day, so anything close to zero has a positive impact,” she said.
She shares recipes and tips for her routines on her Instagram TrashIsForTossers, where she has over 350,000 followers.
According to his blog, Trash is For Tossers is “a place where readers can access information and tools to reduce their waste and live in accordance with their environmental values”.